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Removing password form a User account

by christy / May 30, 2004 12:15 PM PDT

I have WinXP Pro SP1, with all the critical Windows updates. File system is FAT32. Protected by NAV2004, updated frequently. In addition, there are Ad-Aware 6, Spybot S&D, CWS Shredder, Stinger, SpywareBuster and Housecall is ran frequebtly. In also have ZoneAlarm (free version)

I have two User accounts with Admin privileges, password protected. The Guest account is off, and the original Main Administtrator account also password protected, is hidden.

Recently, I created a 'Limited' user account. First usage required that I supplied a password. This was done. My annoyances:

? A limited account user " can create or remove your password". This, I found I could not do do, getting the message "Windows cannot remove the password. Password and/or account policies require the account to have a password.".

? A limited account user can "View files you created" and "View files in the Shared Documents folder.". This seems to mean that other files cannot be viewed/opened. However, I found that for a MS Word Docement crerated by one of the Users with Admin privileges, 'Limited User' can access the document via the Word's Open menu, although clicking the file icon only runs the application.

My intention of creating the 'limited' user account is to let a visitor use my computer, but without him accessing my files, and to let him create his own password. Why do I have the two annoyances ? Have I missed something ?

Thanks for any adeas and suggestions.


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It's this item "File system is FAT32."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 30, 2004 12:23 PM PDT

FAT32 has no security. So until you decide you like NTFS, then you don't get security.

Best of luck,


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Re:It's this item
by christy / May 30, 2004 1:47 PM PDT

Thanks. I am aware that NTFS offers more security, but have not realized that "FAT32 has no security". There must be more on this. When I went to create a limited account, Windows could have been more helpful/informative, for removing password and accessing files created by others, by indicating something like "....this only applies to NTFS File system". As it is, it was implied that removal of a password is possible in FAT32, and that files created by others are not accessable, excpet those at the Shared Documents folder. Oh well...


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